THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY OFFERS ADVICE TO MOTORISTS FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND -- Heavy Traffic Expected At Airports, Tunnels And Bridges: Parking Limited at Newark International Airport

Date: May 21, 2001
Press Release Number: 77-2001

Because construction of thousands of new parking spaces and other improvements at Newark International Airport is under way, parking is expected to be limited for the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. By year’s end an additional 6,600 spaces will be available to Newark Airport patrons. This weekend, however, travelers are advised to allow at least a half hour of extra time and to arrange to be dropped off or to park at an off-airport lot if possible.
To minimize delays at the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels, the agency has suspended construction for the weekend. More than 1.3 million air travelers are expected to use the airports and 2.6 million motorists to use the Authority’s interstate crossings.

“Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest periods at our airports, bridges and tunnels,” said Ernesto Butcher, Chief Operating Officer for the Port Authority. “That’s why we strongly suggest that, if you must drive, plan ahead. If you’re heading to the airports, call beforehand to get the latest information on parking conditions and leave extra time to get to your destination.”

Mr. Butcher also offers the following advice to airport-bound travelers: ·Arrive 30 minutes earlier than the time recommended by airlines. ·Consider being dropped off at airline terminals or use public transportation. ·Call 1-800-AIR-RIDE for timely information about parking and ground transportation options, as well as other airport information.

A comprehensive, $15 billion capital improvement program is well under way at the area’s airports, to improve roads and public transportation, expand and upgrade airline terminals, and increase parking availability. At some locations, especially Newark International Airport, this construction may lead to periodic shortages of parking spaces in some on-airport lots during peak travel periods.

“At Newark, we’re hard at work adding thousands of new parking spaces,” Mr. Butcher said. \"Unfortunately, for the time being our customers cannot assume that parking will be available in all lots at all times. These inconveniences should ease in the fall, when Newark Airport will open two new garages with 6,600 spaces. Until then, we greatly appreciate the patience and cooperation of our customers.”

Newark International Airport Construction of new parking garages, better roadways and AirTrain Newark are moving into final phase. However, parking will be in short supply. Newark Airport customers can call 888 EWR-INFO and enter 22 to get real-time information about available parking in each of the airport\'s lots. Motorists driving to Newark Airport also can obtain detailed parking information by tuning to highway advisory radio at 530 AM, which can be received within one mile of the airport.

Customers also can find parking information on the airport\'s Web site, www.newarkairport.com. The site includes information about parking rates and locations, other transportation options to and from the airport, and nearby off-airport parking lots that offer free shuttle service to the passenger terminals.

The parking spaces now under construction, in garages near Terminal C and Monorail Station E, are a key part of the Port Authority\'s $3.8 billion public-private redevelopment program at the airport. The redevelopment program includes other major projects to relieve traffic congestion, such as new roads and a one-mile extension of the airport\'s monorail system to the Monorail-Northeast Corridor Rail Station, which will connect to trains operated by Amtrak and NJ Transit.

John F. Kennedy International Airport Passenger terminal construction and construction of AirTrain, the airport\'s new light-rail system, have resulted in a temporary reduction in parking spaces in the lots serving Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 9. If any of those lots are full, drivers can follow signs to alternate areas where parking is still available, and take a free shuttle bus from there to their terminal.

A new bi-level 450-space parking area has opened near Terminal 7 part of a 750-space facility and associated roadways scheduled to open later this year. The terminal, operated by British Airways, is also home to Qantas, Icelandair, Cathay Pacific and United Airlines, among others. The lot is adjacent to a light-rail station that is part of the AirTrain system.

Customers can log on to JFK\'s Web page – kennedyairport.com – for information regarding parking rates, locations, and transportation options. For the most current information on parking and roadway conditions, customers can call 718 244-4048, 800 AIR-RIDE or listen to its highway advisory radio system, 1630 AM.

LaGuardia Airport Long-term parking is very limited, and lots are expected to fill up early. Additional long-term economy parking is available at several off-site airport lots within easy driving distance. Travelers can call 718 533-3850 or 800 AIR-RIDE for timely information on parking availability. Customers also can find information about parking rates and locations and various transportation options on the airport’s Web site, laguardiaairport.com

Tunnels and Bridges All major construction at the Port Authority’s six interstate crossings – the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals Bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing – will be suspended for the weekend. Drivers can get year-round updates on construction at these facilities on the agency’s Web site, or by calling 800 221-9903.

Port Authority Bus Terminal and GWB Bus Station Ticket counter lines are expected to form early on Friday, May 25. Travelers should allow extra waiting time. Bus information for the Port Authority Bus Terminal is available by telephone at 212 564-8484 and for both facilities on the Port Authority Web site.

PATH PATH service will be added if necessary to accommodate larger-than-usual numbers of commuters leaving work early on Friday, May 25, to get an early start on the holiday weekend. PATH trains will operate on a weekend schedule throughout the three-day Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. For further information, travelers can call 800 234-PATH.